30 Perfect Prom Clutches To Compliment Your Look And Carry All The Essentials, No Matter Your Budget

While clutches are mostly impractical for daily life (nobody has that many hands), formal events like prom are the perfect place to bring out the bag that's really more of an accessory. Even if you won't be carrying it around all night, a bag can make or break your outfit. When you're paying close attention to curating your look from head to toe, your prom clutch should compliment and enhance the overall effect. Like your jewelry and shoes, the bag should make sense with your dress without overwhelming it. If your dress is simple, a bold clutch might be just the thing to amp up your ensemble. If the dress is printed or embellished, a simpler bag is probably the way to go. A bag that's too casual could drag your whole look down, and that would be truly tragic.

You may not realize it since we don't shop for them often, but clutch options these days are crazy. You can even get a clutch that looks like a taco or this Capri Sun-esque Anya Hindmarch handheld that's trending among celebs. Chances are you aren't looking to spend $1,000+ your prom bag, and you're in luck. From elegant under $30 finds to total splurges, your clutch is just a click away.

Geometric Rose Gold

Pastel pink = perfect for prom.

Glint Stingray Clutch, $40.80, Nordstrom

Jewel-Encrusted Mini

Especially if it comes with teal embellishments.

Trawick Clutch, $50, ALDO

Modern Metallic

The best clutches come with straps, so you don’t have to actually hold it all night.

Topshop Belt Plate Clutch, $52, Nordstrom

Springtime Prints

Compliment an elegant navy dress with this quirky pattern.

Oasis Butterfly Clutch, $40, ASOS

Luxury Classic

For the edgiest of prom go-ers.

Alexander Wang Fumo Leather Wristlet, $225, Nordstrom

Color-Blocked Metallics

Just the right amount of sparkle.

Dune Estelle Color Block Clutch, $107, ASOS

Minimal Metallic

Pair this cool clutch with jeans and a graphic tee once prom’s in the past.

Marie Turnor Lunch Clutch, $308, Revolve Clothing

Crisp & Scalloped

Scalloped details are so flawlessly girly.

Kate Spade New York Kiki Clutch, $228, Revolve Clothing

Space Princess

Zenon would be jealous.

Loeffler Randall Jr. Lock Clutch, $350, Revolve Clothing

Subtle Texture

Quilted fabric can feel dowdy — unless it’s in an updated pattern.

Miu Miu Matelassé Silk-Faille Pouch, $360, Net-A-Porter

Bold & Classic

Can’t you just picture this popping against a black lace gown?

Tory Burch T-Lock Clutch, $425, Bloomingdales

Polished Metallics

You can’t go wrong with DVF.

Diane Von Furstenberg 440 Envelope Metallic Leather Clutch, $220, Net-A-Porter

Refined Quirk


Natasha Couture Cloud Clutch, $98, Nordstrom

Versatile Metallic

Take advantage of the warmer weather and opt for a lighter neutral than black.

Annabel Ingall Leyla Clutch, $195, Revolve Clothing

Neutral Print

If quirky prints aren’t your thing, try a geometric shape instead.

Flynn Fergie Clutch, $195, Revolve Clothing

Sparkly & Girly

Sparkles AND bows? Only on prom night.

Miss KG Tara Clutch Bag, $81, ASOS

Monochrome Jewels

Perfect for a modern day princess.

Skinnydip London Rita Jeweled Crossbody Bag, $65, Nasty Gal

Shiny & Simple

This flat design has a shocking amount of space for all your essentials.

Warehouse Flat Leather Pouch Clutch Bag, $27, ASOS

Statement Splurge

Hey, it is prom after all…

Alexander McQueen De Manta Silk-Satin Clutch, $575, Net-A-Porter

Polished & Practical

A simple black clutch you can use again and again.

Mr. Edwards Clutch, $225, Revolve Clothing

Playful & Pretty

Live every prom night like it’s Shark Week.

Splash Out Melly, $278, Kate Spade

Whiteout Embellishment

It’s the 2015 version of what your grandma probably wore to prom — in the best way possible.

Santi Clutch, $187, Revolve Clothing

Rocker Envelope

Shiny is always best.

Ecote Embellished Envelope Clutch, $59, Urban Outfitters

Slick & Sweet

The easiest way to make a pink piece edgy? Add a zipper.

Ted Baker London Samora Clutch, $170, Nordstrom

Subtle & Sophisticated

So subtly cool.

Metallic Box Clutch, $49.90, Zara

All In The Details

It’s spring! Embrace it!

Serpui Marie Wild Daisies Clutch, $278, Anthropologie

Contemporary Pastel

A pastel piece that’s anything but too sweet.

Clutch Bag With Geo Lock, $27, ASOS

Organic Meets Structured

Snakeskin for prom? Definitely.

ZAC Zac Posen Clutch II, $325, Zappos

Contemporary Glitter Princess

More pink! More pink!

Skinnydip Glitter Clutch With Embellishment, $43, ASOS

Monochrome Sparkles

Sequins are classic, but this shape is totally modern.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Slone Hard Envelope Case, $248, Zappos